BROWNSBURG (WISH) – Funny Car driver Courtney Force was making history the same day Ryan Hunter-Reay did at the Brickyard.
The 25-year old earned the 100th NHRA victory for female drivers during the Kansas Nationals. It was her first win of the season and fourth of her career.
She drove her Traxxas Ford Mustang to a final round performance of 4.148 seconds at 306.46 miles per hour.
Force, given a special honorary banner and two trophies signifying the victory says it’s something special to join the likes of trailblazer Shirley “Cha-Cha” Muldowney and company.
“It’s really an honor to be part of the list of names with her, Melanie Troxel, Angelle Sampey, Erica Enders, Alexis DeJoria is on that list, my sister Ashley is on that list, and I’m sure my sister Brittany’s coming up soon,” said Force. “I’m sure she’ll be 101 and it’s just an honor for me. It’s a milestone. My sport is so diverse and there are so many different categories and there are a lot of women racing in it. It’s pretty cool about our sport. We’ve been winning for a long time. I think it’s one of those things that it’s not unfamiliar when you see a female win in the NHRA. I think that’s the coolest part about it. Obviously, we’ve now hit 100 and I think we’ve got 100 more to go.”
Force, who thinks she has a real shot at winning the funny car championship, is one of 14 women who’ve won on the NHRA circuit.